Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Craig, Dr. William M.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: March 5, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Beth Schneider
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 3 hours, 55 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: In the first tape, Dr. William Craig discusses his years on the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Texas Tech and recalls his doctoral research at Harvard. In the second tape, Dr. William Craig discusses his education, particularly his graduate studies at Harvard, various professors with whom he has worked, and early teaching positions he held. In the third tape, Dr. Craig describes his graduate studies at Harvard and recounts the beginning of his career at Texas Tech. In the fourth tape, Dr. Craig recalls his teaching career at Texas Tech and the development of the Chemistry Department.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Recollections of President Clifford B. Jones
     Spectrograph obtained for Chemistry Department
Dr. C. W. Seibel received first honorary degree from Tech
Editor of chemical journal who visited Tech recalled
Romance of friends Dr. Thornton Read and Roxie Clark at
     University of Texas described
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Dr. C. W. Seibel discussed
Craig's doctoral work at Harvard related
     Worked with Dr. Theodore W. Richards, Nobel Prize
          winner
     Experiments with arsenic and gallium reviewed
     Hospitalized for arsenic poisoning
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Reminiscences of Dr. Thornton Read, former head of Tech's
     Chemistry Department
Mentions Dr. E. P. Schoch at the University of Texas
Recollections of graduate studies at Harvard
Illness with pneumonia at age 15 described
Education recalled
     Skipped two elementary grades
     Attended Southwestern University at Georgetown
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Review of education (continued)
     Graduate studies at University of Chicago
Taught at Hendricks College, Conway, Arkansas
Was high school teacher in Wichita Falls for three years
Graduate studies at the University of Chicago discussed again
     Professor named Milliken recalled
Researched gallium at Harvard
     Other studies on gallium described
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Recollections of graduate studies at Harvard
     Anecdote about Mrs. Richards, professor's wife
     David McCord recalled
     Commencement exercises described
Worked for the Department of Interior
Meeting with Professor Frankfurter recalled
Contracted arsenic poisoning at Harvard
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Graduate research at Harvard again related
     Reminiscences of Dr. Richards
     Story of Marie Curie told
     Experiments in gallium described
Began teaching at Texas Tech in 1926
     Dr. Horn requested he come
     Taught freshman chemistry
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Teaching at Texas Tech recalled
     Explains method of teaching freshman chemistry
     Recommended Dr. R. C. Goodwin as chairman of
          Chemistry Department
     Took doctoral examinations at Tech
Exercise program outlined
Reminiscences of Dr. William L. Ray
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Early years of the Chemistry Department described
Establishment of Rice Institute noted
     Dr. Richards of Harvard was instrumental
     Reminiscences of Dr. Gerald Wendt
Story of the chemical symbols on the Tech Chemistry Building
     narrated
Early Chemistry Department described
     Graduate student Roberts recalled
More information on graduate research at Harvard
RANGE DATES: 1926-1973
BULK DATES: 1926-1973